Weekly News Update

*For years, judges of the federal appellate courts have complained that too many briefs are repetitive and full of outmoded legal jargon, and that they take up too much of their time. A recent proposal to bring the limit down by 1,500 words unleashed an outcry among lawyers. As a result, the new word limit — …

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*In a landmark decision that alters how NY defines parenthood, the state’s highest court on Tuesday found that when an unmarried couple who decided to conceive children together splits up, a non-adoptive, non-biological parent has the right to seek visitation or custody. [Gothamist] *Amtrak secured a partial U.S. appellate court win on Wednesday in its …

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*A U.S. federal appeals court has upheld the United Nations’ immunity from a damage claim filed by human rights lawyers on behalf of thousands of Haitians killed or sickened by a cholera epidemic they blame on U.N. peacekeepers. [Reuters] *A man accused of trying to defraud New Jerseyans in the wake of Superstorm Sandy has …

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*The United Nations has, at long last, accepted some responsibility that it played a part in a cholera epidemic that broke out in Haiti in 2010 and has since killed at least 9,200 people and infected nearly a million people. [Newsweek] *Daily fantasy sports returned to New York when Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law …

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*Russia has reacted with anger after its bid to have a ban on its track and field athletes lifted to allow them to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games ended in failure. The Court for the Arbitration of Sport rejected the appeal made by the Russian Olympic Committee and 67 athletes Thursday. [CNN] *Last Friday, Tom Brady threw …

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*Last Thursday, a New York State appeals court ordered that work be temporarily halted on Pier 55, a 2.4-acre, $130 million park planned along the Hudson River and financed mostly by the billionaire businessman Barry Diller. [NY Times] *A New York State Supreme Court judge pleaded guilty last Wednesday to bribery in connection with the …

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*New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he’ll keep pursuing claims that fantasy-sports companies DraftKings Inc. and FanDuel Inc. deceived consumers through false advertising, after the state passed a law making their operations legal. [Bloomberg] *A little more than a week after a mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub, the U.S. Supreme Court turned away …

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*Tom Brady’s case is no longer about deflated footballs or a four-game suspension — it’s about the fundamental rights of American workers and a dangerous threat to industrial peace in America. At least that’s the case Brady and his new lawyer are not only trying to make but sell to the U.S. Supreme Court. [ESPN.com] …

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